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Whee Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 172

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World No. 172 Whee Kim withdrew during Round 2 of the Quicken Loans National citing a back injury. UPDATE: Kim returned July 6th at The Greenbrier Classic and missed the cut after rounds of 3-over 72-71=143.
After opening with 75, the 25-year-old was 6-over thru nine holes, 11-over total when he called it a day. He circled a lone birdie at the par-5 second, outbalanced by two bogeys, double bogey-6 and triple bogey-7 at the eighth. This is the South Korean's second mid-tourney WD in 72 career events, second this season in 22 starts (Valspar). He entered the week 70th in the FedExCup standings with two top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, including a career-best T2 three starts ago at the FedEx St. Jude Classic -- chasing that with T50 and a missed cut. Kim is in the published field at next week's Greenbrier Classic. Jun 30 - 6:24 PM

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World No. 290 Whee Kim styled a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to finish up on 9-under 271, up seven spots to a career-best T2, one shy of champion Daniel Berger, who shot 66.

This was the 25-year-old's 69th career start and nips a pair of previous-best T3s at the 2016 John Deere and the 2015 Barbasol. It was his 19th start of the season, is a fifth top 25 and second top 10, joining a T5 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open. The South Korean was making his third visit to the St. Jude with progressively better finishes of T45/2015 and T34/2016. After opening in 69-66-69, he began T9 on 6-under, three adrift of a trio of 54-hole leaders. Playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome, he outpaced a lone bogey-5 at 10 with birdies at 2, 6, 9 and 15, all from inside of 13 feet. Kim hit eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.972 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.704 SG: Putting.
Jun 11 - 6:38 PM

World No. 290 Whee Kim fashioned a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 6-under 204, up two places to T9, three in arrears of a trio of 54-hole leaders.

The 25-year-old found six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.278 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 2.294 around-the-green. He circled four birdies, three from between 14 and 24 feet, and double-circled the par-5 16th, holing out from 118 yards away, posting a tidy 1.455 putts per GIR and 2.219 SG: Putting. The South Korean took some luster off with three bogeys and a double bogey-6 at nine.
Jun 10 - 8:12 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 290 Whee Kim orchestrated a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to reach 5-under 135, up 21 places to T8 with play still in progress.

This is the 25-year-old's third appearance and third cash (T45/2015, T34/2016). He opened with a bogey-free 69 (one birdie), one of only four blemish-free rounds on Day 1. The South Korean squared two bogey-5s in R2 at holes 1 and a walk off at 9, camouflaged by six birdies at 12, 16, 3, 4, 7 and 8, three from between 10 and 21 feet, adding a chip-in 3 at the seventh from 34'1" away. He mustered seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, but posted a stellar 1.444 putts per GIR and 2.683 SG: Putting at last check, buoyed by a 10'1" par-saver at the 18th as he made the turn.
Jun 9 - 2:30 PM

Whee Kim made a run at the Puerto Rico Open trophy, securing a 4-under-par 32-36=68 during round four, closing the week at 17-under 271, good for a share of fifth place.

Kim has been stockpiling birdies in bunches all week, entering the finale with 20 birdies already on his scorecards. He added five more today, with that 25 number being the best in the entire field by week's end. The problem for Kim was avoiding bogeys, particularly in round one when he swallowed two bogeys and a double. On the week he ranked outside the top 50 in fairways hit and greens in regulation, but first in putts per GIR. This was all about taking advantage of any and all scoring opportunities as he walked out of Puerto Rico with about as low as score possible, given his ball-striking figures.
Mar 26 - 2:38 PM

Whee Kim blitzed Coco Beach Golf and Country Club during round three of the Puerto Rico Open, piecing together a 5-under-par 34-33=67, climbing to 13-under 203 with one round to go.

Kim did not take full advantage of preferred lies today, finding just five (of 14) fairways, forcing him to play the ball down for much of the round. Despite the inaccuracies, he recovered to land 12 greens in regulation and swallow just two bogeys in the process, easily offset by a septet of birdies. Kim has been stockpiling birdies all week, accumulating 20 through three rounds so far. The 25-year-old has finished T3 on two occasions in his young PGA TOUR career and he's surely hoping to eclipse that personal best as he enters Sunday within reach of the lead.
Mar 25 - 5:09 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 285 Whee Kim styled a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of the Puerto Rico Open to reach halftime on 8-under 136, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Chris Stroud.

This is the 25-year-old's third visit to Coco Beach Golf and Country Club and after an opening 71, will cash for a third time. His best so far is T47 on debut in 2015 (72-74-74-68). The 2-time Tour grad entered the week 98th in the FedExCup standings, going 6-for-10 with three top 25s and a best of T13 at the season-opener in Napa. More recently, his last five starts show three missed cuts, a T61 at the Genesis Open, and a WD (back) during R2 of the Valspar two weeks ago. The South Korean landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.385 putts per GIR and needing just 24 total putts. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 16, sandwiched by birdies at 13-15 and 17 and 18, ending with eight circles total on the card.
Mar 24 - 12:26 PM

Whee Kim made it 27 holes at this week's Valspar Championship before withdrawing due to lower back pain.

Kim opened his week with a 4-over 75 that included two birdies, four bogeys, and a double. Taking his second lap at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, he started on the back nine today and scribbled three bogeys and a double before the turn. That is when he called it quits, citing lower back pain. Making his 60th career start on the PGA TOUR, this will go in the books as his first mid-tournament WD. Kim entered the week ranked 89th in the FedExCup race, so gamers will want to monitor his health closely moving forward.
Mar 10 - 2:41 PM

Whee Kim heads to Palm Harbor, Florida, for his second appearance at this week's Valspar Championship.

The Tour grad has opened the new season with a 6-for-9 record that includes three top 25s. That has Kim positioned at 89th in the FedExCup race. Last year in his first look at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, he twirled rounds of 72-71-72-74 to hover between 33rd and 53rd after each round of the tournament, finishing T53 at week's end. The 25-year-old has four career top 10s but is still searching for his first win on TOUR.
Mar 8 - 1:50 PM

Whee Kim overcame a double bogey to still record a 4-under-par 33-35=68 during the opening round of this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

It was an up-and-down round for Kim who bogeyed the par-4 second before rattling off four birdies and an eagle in a six-hole stretch, starting at the par-5 fifth. That gave Kim a share of the 5-under lead at the time but double bogey at the par-4 16th dropped him down a peg. It took him three shots to reach the green and then three more swipes to find the bottom of the cup. Kim is making his third appearance at the Farmers this week, with a T49 in his 2015 debut and a missed cut last year. Tomorrow, he will turn his attention to the tougher South Course at Torrey Pines.
Jan 26 - 6:40 PM

Playing La Quinta Country Club, Whee Kim painted a career-low bogey-free 9-under-par 33-30=63 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach the three-quarter mark on 10-under 206, up 89 places on the live leaderboard to T19. UPDATE: Kim's 63 is a career low in his 165th career round, previously 64 (x2). He shares the course record of 63 on the Stadium Course, but that came in R2 of the 2012 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.

The World No. 267 is making his third straight appearance and this will be his first made cut. He began R3 on 1-under (70-73), tied for 108th place, and looked to be headed for another early exit. The Tour grad opened off No. 10 tee and promptly connected six straight birdies at 11-16. He stalled out mid-round with seven consecutive pars, but then circled three of his final four (6, 8 and 9). Kim landed 12 (of 14) fairways and carded the nine birdies on 13 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.385 putts per GIR.
Jan 21 - 6:27 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, Whee Kim smoothed a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 9-under 207, up 54 places to T14 and tying the low round of the day with Luke List and Chris Kirk.

After missing the cut in his first two tries at the CC of Jackson in 2015 and 2016, the Tour grad was one (of nine) to make the cut on the number after opening in twin 71s. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and just 11 greens in regulation, but circled five birdies and a 22'5" eagle at the par-5 14th for a tidy 1.467 putts per GIR and 3.527 SG: Putting. The 24-year-old arrived off a T13 at the Safeway Open and will begin the final round five adrift of 54-hole co-leaders List and Kirk.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 06:04:00 PM

With preferred lies in effect, Whee Kim fashioned a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the Safeway Open to post 10-under 206, up 27 spots to T9 with play still in progress.

The 24-year-old is making his third appearance after missing the cut in each of the last two editions. He began the third round on 4-under (T36) after kicking off in 69-71. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the Tour grad landed nine (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR and 3.037 strokes gained: putting. He circled holes 14, 16, 18, 1, 3 and 5, with four dropping from between 12 and 20 feet.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 08:25:00 PM

Whee Kim bombarded the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club en route to a 6-under-par 34-31=65 during round one of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, staking the early clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave gets underway.

Kim entered the week ranked 35th in The Finals 25 after T39 and T31 finishes to open the Tour Finals. Today, he took 30 swipes with the flat stick so his putter certainly wasn't doing the scoring. It was great ball-striking as he splashed all 18 greens in regulation to set up ample birdie chances. Kim converted on seven of them, while swallowing just one bogey along the way, a three-jack at the par-3 fifth. After finishing 127th on the FedExCup leaderboard and 131st on the money list, the 24-year-old would love to keep his foot on the gas this week and make his way back to the PGA TOUR for the 2016-17 season.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Whee Kim authored a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the John Deere Classic for a 72-hole total of 17-under 267, up two places into a two-way T3, five back of champion Ryan Moore.

In his 49th career event, the second-year man matches a career-best T3 at last year's Barbasol. It's his second top 10 of the season in 26 starts, first since T6 at the RBC Heritage. The South Korean was T23 thru 36 holes after opening his second Deere (MC/2015) in 69-67, but vaulted to T5 after 54 holes with a career-tying-low 64 (2015 Zurich Classic/R4). Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, ending the week T1 in GIR at 83.33 percent (60/72). Kim circled birdies on Nos. 6, 8, 10 and 17, and played his final 48 holes in bogey-free 14-under.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 06:51:00 PM